Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 118770)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1992 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, rich full-bodied wine with great tannic structure and mouth-feel. It has a garnet color and a nose of ripe boysenberries, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, sandalwood and a hint of roasting meat. On the palate, it is mouth-coating and incredibly rich in umami. It has a very long, savory finish with the slight grip of fine-grained tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2030.
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About Silver Oak Alexander Valley:

Great wine is meant to be savored with family and friends. This belief is at the heart of Silver Oak Cellars, where we have crafted extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon for over 35 years. Designed to be deliciously drinkable from the day it is released, Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon grows more supple and luxurious over time.

Silver Oak's Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced at our picturesque Geyserville estate, set amid the rolling hills of northern Sonoma County.

The Tudor-style estate features a massive flagstone arch that leads to a central courtyard with a fountain. High, arched glass doors open on the tasting room with its rustic stone fireplace. Designed to resemble the American oak barrels that are a signature of Silver Oak, the oak tasting bar is accented with steel barrel hoops. Beautifully etched glass doors highlight the stone-lined wine library next door, which contains an enormous oak barrel carved with the Silver Oak logo.



Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Atalaya Laya 2012
Atalaya Laya 2012
(search item no. 125121)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $8.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Laya is 70% Garnacha Tintorera — Alicante Bouschet — and 30% Monastrell planted around 1000 metres (3280 feet) above sea level and aged for 4 months in French oak. Garnacha Tintorera is known for its deep color and here it coats the glass and imparts aromas of brooding black fruits, licorice, espresso, and pepper. Dense, savory, and rich.
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About Atalaya:

The winery was founded in 2003, but the family has 3 generations in vine cultivation. The main building is in the midst of vineyards, so the quality of the grapes remain intact in its short trip from vine to press.

This winery has 25 hectares of vineyards, which use the trellis system and drip-irrigation. The bodega cultivates Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,Monastrell and produces about 50,000 bottles a year. It has 100 oak barrels, 80 American oak and 20 French, as well as stainless steel tanks with a capacity for 125,000 gallons.The premiere wine of this here is the Atalaya Crianza and its can be tasted in a tasting room that offers winery visits.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2009
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 114519)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is full of the fresh berries and spice synonymous with McLaren Vale, with a slight eucalypt lift. Secondary characters of sarsaparilla, cinnamon and clove which are expressed more completely as the wine opens up. The palate is mouth coating and plush with red and purple fruits mingling with orange peel and earth. There is a welcomed kick of five spice on the back palate. The lifted and fine fruit tannins provide structure and pull the wine together nicely. The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


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Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2006
(search item no. 111166)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
James Suckling rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $47.19

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 James Suckling rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Great structure with intense ruby red color and garnet reflections. It offers the palate an elegant, dry and velvety taste. This is a wine that gives good results from the time of release, although it is capable of improving over many years in a bottle as the aromas develop and the tannins soften. Perfect for game, roasted meats and mature cheeses.
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Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Gallo Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Gallo Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 117144)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $33.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Decanter rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows full-bodied flavors of dark cherry and cocoa powder, with under tones of pepper and spice. Hints of toasty oak giveway to velvety tannins in a long, lush finish. To round out the mouth feel and create a rich complexity, Gin ablended the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with Petit Verdot and PetiteSirah.
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About Gallo Signature Series:

The Gallo Signature Series honors the journey the Gallo Family started in 1933, and it celebrates how far the family has come. With some of California's best grapes at her fingertips, third-generation winemaker Gina Gallo has created three distinct wines that could only be crafted from the Gallo family's unique combination of vineyards. For Gina, the Gallo Signature Series expresses her family's unique combination of vineyards. For Gina, the Gallo Signature Series expresses her family's passion for great vineyards and great wine, and it reflects the best the Gallo Winery has to offer. The Gallo Signature Series marks a return to hands-on, artisanal winemaking for Gina, and it brings to life the enduring legacy of Ernest and Julio Gallo.


Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Robert Oatley Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 121207)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-flavored yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Spain    Spain   
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Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Syrah 2004
Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Syrah 2004
(search item no. 117777)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dark purple color is followed by complex aromas of jammy blackberries, violets, cassis and freshly ground white pepper. In the mouth, it displays a core of blackberry fruit, with accents of game, mineral and toast. This has well-knit tannins and excellent acidity. Displays tremendous fruit intensity and smooth velvety texture. It has good underlying acidity that provides vibrancy and a spectacularly rich and prolonged finish.

Ideal accompaniment of red meats, lamb, and strong cheeses.

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About Marques de Grinon:

Carlos Falcó Fernandez de Córdova, Marquis of Griñon, has pioneered the modernization of vine growing and winemaking in Spain. He is a grandee of Spain and Vice President of the Spanish Gastronomical Academy and President of the Castilla La Mancha chapter. In 1974, he introduced Spain to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties. This was but the first step in a series of daring pioneering innovations by the man responsible for the great wines of Marques de Grinon. Years ago Carlos Falcó Fernandez planted a high canopy management vineyard with drip irrigation, advised by Richard Smart. With direction from Emile Peynaud and Michel Rolland, a partial root drying system was devised for planting Syrah and Petit Verdot, and launching the collection of grapes at night which here-to-fore was unheard of in Spain. These innovations contribute to the production of the complex fruit driven wines of Marqués de Griñón.

Located in Malpica de Tajo, 50 kilometers from Toledo, the vineyards cover a surface area of 50 hectares in the historic Dominio of Valdepusa (family owned since 1292). Currently, 42 of these hectares are used to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Syrah varieties using a mixed system that allows for the use of the most advanced technology, canopy management. This was the first vineyard in Spain where the technique was implemented.



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Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 117776)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red colored with an intense bouquet of wild red fruits and spices, well-structured and powerful. This wine may be enjoyed as early as you like, but no doubt it will improve during the next ten years.
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About Marques de Grinon:

Carlos Falcó Fernandez de Córdova, Marquis of Griñon, has pioneered the modernization of vine growing and winemaking in Spain. He is a grandee of Spain and Vice President of the Spanish Gastronomical Academy and President of the Castilla La Mancha chapter. In 1974, he introduced Spain to the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties. This was but the first step in a series of daring pioneering innovations by the man responsible for the great wines of Marques de Grinon. Years ago Carlos Falcó Fernandez planted a high canopy management vineyard with drip irrigation, advised by Richard Smart. With direction from Emile Peynaud and Michel Rolland, a partial root drying system was devised for planting Syrah and Petit Verdot, and launching the collection of grapes at night which here-to-fore was unheard of in Spain. These innovations contribute to the production of the complex fruit driven wines of Marqués de Griñón.

Located in Malpica de Tajo, 50 kilometers from Toledo, the vineyards cover a surface area of 50 hectares in the historic Dominio of Valdepusa (family owned since 1292). Currently, 42 of these hectares are used to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Syrah varieties using a mixed system that allows for the use of the most advanced technology, canopy management. This was the first vineyard in Spain where the technique was implemented.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Other California    California   
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Whispering Dove Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Whispering Dove Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
(search item no. 120605)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $57.99

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About Whispering Dove:

The partnership of Whispering Dove was literally formed one night while drinking and enjoying an insanely priced Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruity forward taste of this fine wine turned sour rapidly as we calculated how many hours of work we had to put in simply to afford that wine! This epiphany led us to investigate just exactly what it truly costs to produce an outstanding bottle of wine. What we learned astounded us. We learned that after a certain point, all ultra fine wines cost almost exactly the same to produce and that more often than not winemakers based their bottle price upon intangible items such as personality, marketing or worse yet-pure ego. That night Whispering Dove was hatched with our motto… “LET YOUR PALATE DECIDE” Whispering Dove winery was founded with the sole purpose of returning to the California wine enthusiast both quality and perspective. When purchasing a bottle of Whispering Dove, a wine drinker will be afforded the same advantages of an ultra premium California wine without the disadvantage of having to subsidize a wine producer’s extravagant lifestyle. Rather than pay for airplanes, estates, antiques & art, “Whispering Dove” drinkers will pay for the finest grapes, grown in the best micro climates and produced in collaboration with the hottest winemakers in California. Appellation: Napa Valley, California Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon utilizing stressed farming & low yield techniques with extended maceration for intensity


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Greg Norman Estates Shiraz/Cabernet 2009
Greg Norman Estates Shiraz/Cabernet 2009
(search item no. 113171)

PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is an impressive lustrous bright garnet red. The nose if full with fragrant cedar cigar box, fine spice cinnamon and sandalwood. These support an array of fruity aromas of red berry, plums, cherry, cranberry and blackberry. There are hints of mint, interwoven with blood orange and bay leaf. The palate shows similar fresh red fruits, plums, cranberry, ripe cherry and pomegranate. More complex rhubarb, ruby grapefruit and fresh mint characters become evident as the wine opens up. The long lingering palate has finely balanced acidity, silky tannins and very good persistence of flavor. A polished classical red blend from the Limestone Coast's finest varieties.

This is the perfect match for chorizo and arugula pizza.

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About Greg Norman Estates:

Greg Norman's passion for fine wine was the genesis of Greg Norman Estates - a collection of wines produced from some of the finest growing regions in Australia, California and Argentina. While his well-documented wins on the golf course have assured his place in golf history, off the course, Greg's passion and enthusiasm for wine and his zest and dedication for living well have combined to create a stunning collection of high-quality wines from some of his favorite parts of the world.